The Dundalk-Perry Hall football game on Friday was a matchup of two greats, but had a spectator that stood out.
“What’s the best Highschool football game tonight in baltimore county??” Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey tweeted on Friday afternoon, days after returning from opening the season in Las Vegas.
And sure enough, the pro-football star was seen at the stadium at Dundalk High School, as the undefeated Owls took on the undefeated Gators, who eventually lost to Dundalk that night.
“That was exciting, to have a guy like that show up to our game,” Owls head coach Matt Banta said later. Banta and Perry Hall head coach Luke Ethington didn’t get the chance to meet Humphrey, as he left at halftime.
Humphrey went on to play a good game on Sunday, with the Ravens winning 36-35 against the Chiefs, but after leaving Dundalk, he left a note for the two teams at halftime on Twitter.
“Watched Perry hall vs Dundalk… had to leave at half time but both teams need some offensive work lol,” Humphrey tweeted.
“Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, I thought his short-sighted,” Ethington said this week. He told the Eagle the Dundalk-Perry Hall matchup was a game that represented “what high school football is all about,” with “two communities that are battling and giving it all they got.”
“Let’s not begin to normalize the idea that these high school athletes should face the same scrutiny as professional athletes,” Ethington said.
Banta conceded that his team could have used some offensive work during that game, but thinks “we turned around in the second half.”
“We went through some growing pains,” Banta said.